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Elyn Saks: A tale of mental illness

I just wanted to share this video from TED Talks. It’s the remarkable personal account of Elyn Saks, a lady who suffers chronic schizophrenia – and has managed to live the life of a college professor and maintain a strong marriage. Her account of mechanical restraints during  hospitalization is harrowing.

“If you hear nothing else today, please hear this. There are not schizophrenics. There are people with schizophrenia. And these people may be your spouse, may be your child, they may be your neighbor, they may be your friend, they may be your co-worker.” – Elyn Saks